Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA workers Protest Sack as Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU Begins Strike
Some disengaged workers of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), in Ondo State staged a peaceful protest Wednesday over their dismissal by the federal government.
Already, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) said there is no going back on its plan to embarked on an indefinite strike on Thursday if the federal government fails to withdraw its circulars that sacked its over 2000 members.
The disengaged staff were from 30 federal government University staff schools.
The protesters from FUTA, carried placards with different inscriptions such as “Buhari this not the change we voted for. Save our jobs”, Daramola Don’t privatize FUTA Staff Primary School”, Teachers are not second class citizens. Stop maltreating us in FUTA staff primary School.”
Speaking with reporters shortly after the protest, the FUTA SSANU branch Chairman, Benedict Chukwudi said about 45 of his members have received their dismissal letters.
The SSANU Chairman faulted the government decision to go ahead with the sacking despite the fact that a case filed in the court to challenge the action was still pending.
Chukwudi, accused management of FUTA of spear-heading the battle, saying it is only FUTA among all the affected institutions that had issued sacked letters to its affected workers.
He added that the management had also gone ahead to advertise the vacancy posts on national dailies.
His words, “The plan to disengage some SSANU members in 30 federal universities started during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime but failed to achieve its aim before the government expired.
“This same circular was also issued again on October 9, this year by the deputy director of ministry of education, Mr. E.O Fayemi directing the government to stop the salaries of the affected staff.
“Despite the fact that the matter is in court, the present government had decided to shun the court and go ahead with the sacking